Gibran exhibit visits Arab American museum
Gibran, Photograph, Al-Funoon, 1, No. 1 (April 1913). Public domain.

DEARBORN, Mich. — The Arab American National Museum will feature an exhibition of works by Lebanese American poet and artist Khalil Gibran (1883-1931). The exhibition, “To Discover Beauty: The Art of Khalil Gibran, Selections from the Collection of the Telfair Museum of Art,” will be on view from Feb. 1 through April 30.

Although Gibran is primarily known for his literary works — most notably bestseller “The Prophet” — he was a graphic artist as well.

“Just like the Arab American National Museum, this exhibit is historical — it’s the largest public collection of Gibran’s art,” said Dr. Anan Ameri, director of the museum. “We are very delighted to host this exhibit especially since he was also an accomplished visual artist, which was an important aspect of his creative life.”

Incorporating cultural traditions from both East and West, Gibran’s artworks integrate the stylistic mysticism of his native Lebanon with Western artistic genres including aestheticism and symbolism. In his art, as in his writing, Gibran attempted to express universal themes and abstract concepts. To achieve this he often used ethereal human figures as a visual medium. This preoccupation with the spiritual and the sublime runs throughout Gibran’s work, tying his poetry and painting together.

The Arab American National Museum documents, preserves, celebrates and educates the public on the history, life, culture, and contributions of Arab Americans. It serves as a resource to enhance knowledge and understanding about Arab Americans and their presence in this country. For more information on the Gibran exhibition and on the museum, visit their website,  or call (313) 582-AANM (2266).



Barbara Russum
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